Tuesday, December 23, 2014

More Year End Closeouts!!


Watch out!! SU added to their Year-End Closeouts! Some of the items from the Holiday catalog are in there such as the designer paper or the metal snowflakes. Check out their new prices HERE. Does this stamp set look familiar? Some of you may remember it from the last workshop. 


http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=135017&dbwsdemoid=2144710







 
 
And there is more!!!
 
 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Snowy, Lovely Trees

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.... Yes, it is my dream indeed and who knows, my dream may come true one day... For now, my snow filled cards are  all I got... I used Soft Sky paper for the base of the card and All is Calm Designer paper from the winter catalog for the stamp background. Do you recognize the trees? Well, of course you do!! It's the all time favorite - Lovely As a Tree, my friends!
 


Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season and an amazing New Year!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Santa belt giftcard holder


When you first get your envelope punch board, you just want to punch and score and punch and score and punch and score, don't you?? It's fun to create wonderful envelopes and boxes. To make the gift card holder, look for the smallest envelope dimension on your envelope punch board. It's the first one listed. Get the correct paper size out and punch and score!
 
 
made the smallest envelope using the envelope punch board


And then punch and score some more! You can easily attach this gift card holder to the back of the rosette ornament that I showed you the other day. It would be a fun way of delivering a gift, wouldn't it?!?
  
 
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Peace on Earth

Do you remember this retired set? I love it! I embossed the tree and the church with the dazzling diamonds to add a little bling to it. I used Night of Navy for the ink and the paper. Enjoy!
 
 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Rosette Ornaments

 Rosette Ornaments
 
 
 

 
I will never forget when I was a little girl how excited I would get when the Christmas tree was standing in our living room and was ready to be decorated. Among glass bulbs of different colors, shapes and sizes, were paper ornaments made by my dearest Grandmother. They were two in particular that are standing out in my memory: the one of an orange fox and an owl. These ornaments are still at my parents' house today and will be around for generations to come. What I'm trying to say is that when you create your ornaments you are creating special family traditions that hopefully your family will appreciate in the future as we do when we look at the ornaments made by my Grandma.
 
So keeping in mind my love for paper, love for folding paper, love for Christmas, love for ornaments and love for creating things that my family will hopefully keep for years to come, I ended up with .... these ornaments. They are way simpler than my Grandmother's, of course, but they are ornaments and they are hand made. This is my first attempt at a rosette ornaments, as you can see.
 
Score entire 12 by 12 piece of paper every 1/2 inch.
 
Depending on how large you want the rosette to be, cut the pater  into 2 or 3 inch strips. Both of the above at made from 2 pieces of 3 inch by 12 inch pre-scored sheets. 
 
Glue 2 strips of scored paper together so you have one very long 3 by 24 inch piece.
 
Get a glue gun and put a big blob of glue on a silicone mat.
 
Fold the sheet into an accordion file and submerge one end in the glue and hold it there for a minute or until hardens. Unfold it,  glue both ends to create the rosette ornament.
 
 Here is a picture tutorial I found just to give you a better idea on how to make it. They used a fancy punch for the edges but you don't have to do that if you don't want to.  
 





Friday, December 5, 2014

Year- End Closeouts


Click HERE to see what's in store for you!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Wine bottle hanger

This is another little thing that I made with Mosaic Madness. I cut an 8.5 by 11 paper into three pieces  of 3 1/4 by 8 1/2 (yay, you get three of these from one piece of paper) and scored it at 2 3/4. I then used a 1 3/8 circle punch to punch a whole and a scalloped punch for the riffles. The Old Olive is 5 by 3 and the white is 2 3/4 by 4 3/4. I used embossing folder only as high as the ribbon will go, so that I could stamp my greeting on top. Enjoy it and spread the wine to the world!




 
 
Here are some other bottle hanger ideas created by other crafters:
 
 



 
 
 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Merry and Brigtht

This is another one of the workshop cards. I used Mosaic Madness stamps and punch as well as the embossing folder. The paper is Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. And let's not forget about the wonderful Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive twine for the ornaments. Enjoy!
 
 
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Cards Flashback

Let's kick off the Holiday season with a flashback to few of the old Holiday cards and party favors. Some of you may remember working on them yourself. Enjoy!

 
 


 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Country Christmas


 
First of all, I love center fold cards or any other fold-cards, I just love folds, that's all ( I only wish I loved folding clothes this much!!). Continuing my amore for folding paper you can only imagine how happy I was when I saw these folded Christmas Trees! I used Crumb paper and Under the Christmas Tree Designer Paper. I already used this paper for my box which I made with the envelope punch board. It's a thicker kind of paper and I thought that it would be perfect with the rustic feel that I wanted to give this card. Here is a great tutorial for a center step card if you would like to give it a go.
 
 
 
 
Click HERE for instructions on how to fold the trees.
Or... you can look thru the pictures below and try to figure it out without any further instructions. In my card I used the Trim The Tree Design Paper. The large tree was made from half of a 3.5 inch circle and the little one from half of a 2 inch circle. In the future I would probably use a circle larger than 2 inch for this project because it was just too difficult to fold the tree.
 
 
  
 
 
Enjoy!

Monday, November 24, 2014

How to get clear blocks to stick...


It has been my dilemma as to what to do with the little problem of clear blocks simply not sticking to my stamps or vice versa.


Clear mount stamps are so great in so many ways.

 * They are way cheaper than the wood mount  stamps so you get to buy more stamps.

* You can also position them easily as the block is , yes that's right, clear. Not only that, you can actually put a few of them together on one block to spell out a person's name for example. Now, that's great!



* They are great to store because they take very little space.




One thing that you will not like about the clear mount stamps is that with time they will get less sticky and therefore will not stick to the clear block. Some people clean them in soapy water, others rub the foamy part on their pants and it works... sometimes. It seems that a common remedy for this horribly annoying problem is to take two way glue pen. Put some  glue on the foam part of the stamp, let it dry and then attach it to the mounting block. You will be able to take it off and put it back on!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stamping on Candles

Although it looks complicated, when you master the art of candle stamping you will be able to have a nice production line going of the Holiday gifts which will cost you a fraction of what you'd pay for it in the store. Here is the tutorial on stamping on candles that I found on splitcoast. After you read it, you will know that you will be stamping on a tissue paper. You will then cut out the images. I like to cut out the images not leaving much tissue around. The less tissue you will leave, the easier it will be to incorporate the image into the candle. I also take the cut out images and place them all around the candle with tiny bit of glue (just to hold them in place), that way I will have my entire candle designed before the heat gun goes off.

I used Ornamental Pine to stamp this candle. I then used a piece of paper and a ribbon to decorate the top.

 
Shells are always a favorite. Many people put shells and candles in the bathrooms. I had some sand dollars and I
glue-gunned them to the twine and voila!

 
In this case, I stamped the images onto the tissue paper (yes, just a regular tissue paper) with the versamark. I then sprinkled some gold embossing powder on and embossed it with the heat gut. That way your image on the candle will actually have a shine to it. Fun, isn't it?!?!
 
 
Or if all else fails, you can pick up our Lovely As A Tree go-to set and use it for your Thanksgiving table candle.
 
 
I'm telling you, gift giving doesn't have to be expensive, it's all about the love you put into it.
 
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northern Flurry Holiday Card

 
How great is it when you take a piece of paper, run it thru the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (or any fun embossing folder as a matter or fact) and you practically have the entire card done. You could have easily just stamped the greeting on the flat part of the card and be done with it. But.... that's not the case with me... I have to add, embellish, bedazzle.... Nothing wrong with a little bling bling. 
 

 
Materials used:
 
4-1/4 by 11 Sof Sky Paper
4 by 5-1/4 Whisper White Paper
Not Quite Navy Paper
Not Quite Navy Ink
Unknown Holiday Greeting stamp
Dazzling Details glitter gel
Soft Sky Ribbon
Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine
 

 
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A gift of cards


With the holiday approaching I always come up with card bundles to give to the teachers. As I am in the midst of having fun with my brand new envelope punch board, I came across tutorial for this particular box. I used Sweet Taffy Designer paper for the body, Old Olive paper for the strip and the Bloom For You stamp (in Elegant Eggplant) and the Fun Flower punch.



 
Oh yes, you can bling it up a little bit if you wish... and I do wish.... because it's all about that bling....
 
 
Here we go, my Friends!
 
This box will hold up to 6  4 -1/4 by 5-1/2 cards and envelopes. However the capacity will vary depending on the cards that you are placing inside.
 
 
1. Take 9 by 9 piece of paper.
2. Align at 3-1/2.
 
Now punch and score.

 
3. Don't turn the paper, just move it to 4-1/2. Punch and score.
 
4. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat step 2 and 3. This is what you should have.
 
 
5. On the two opposite sites, align score marks with the score guide (there are two on each side). Punch score both of them. Repeat on the opposite site.
 
6. Make 4 small snips on the score lines on each side of the flaps of the box or you can cut out the little squares completely. I tend to keep them as I feel that they make the box sturdier.
 

 
 
7. Fold the score lines and your box will start coming to life.
 
 
 
Have fun!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ornamental Pine Christmas Wishes

I had this card at my workshop yesterday. We used Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke for paper and Always Artichoke and Early Espresso for the ink. The ribbon is Cherry Cobbler as well and of course the stamp set is the Ornamental Pine. Are you sick and tired to see me use this set yet?!? If you are worried about cutting out the pine cones, the paper snips scissors work just great for it!
 
 













Winter catalog supplement



We have a new Winter Catalog Supplement  with items not included in the main Holiday catalog. There are some Project Life Accessory packs and ready to put together card sets such as Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit or the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit that you may enjoy. They both come with 20 cards and envelopes and everything to make your cards pretty!


12 Days of Christmas Clear-mount Stamp Set
12 Days Of Christmas Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $18.95
12 Days of Christmas Wood-mount Stamp Set
12 Days Of Christmas Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Price: $26.95
6 x 8 Project Life Envelopes Pages
6" X 8" Project Life Envelopes Pages
Price: $4.95
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Price: $22.95
Black Leather 12 x 12 Project Life Album
Black Leather 12" X 12" Project Life Album
Price: $29.95
Cherry 6 x 8 Project Life Album
Cherry 6" X 8" Project Life Album
Price: $9.95
Espresso 6 x 8 Project Life Album
Espresso 6" X 8" Project Life Album
Price: $9.95
Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit
Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit
Price: $29.95
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Price: $14.95
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Price: $9.95
Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set
Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $15.95
Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit
Price: $25.95
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $15.95
Project Life Journaling Pens
Project Life Journaling Pens
Price: $4.95
Stars Framelits Dies
Stars Framelits Dies
Price: $26.95
Variety Pack 6 x 8 Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
Variety Pack 6" X 8" Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
Price: $5.95
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit
Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit
Price: $24.95
Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer Stamp Set
Watercolor Winter Too Photopolymer Stamp Set
Price: $11.95